The Occupy Wall Street protests have inspired various public policy debates. However, one issue has nothing to do with capitalism, jobs or the economy. In this week in Legal Issues in the News, Christine Hurt examines the First Amendment rights of protesters to "occupy" anything.
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Do you have a constitutional right to lie? What if Congress thinks the subject is too important for falsehoods - can you actually go to jail for telling a tall tale? That's what the Supreme Court must decide in an upcoming case. Travis McDade explains in this week's Legal Issues in the News.
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A month ago, President Obama signed into law the first major overhaul of patent law in over fifty years. Some call it a sorely needed restructuring necessary to meet the demands of a globalizing world filled with new and emerging technologies but also saddled with an overburdened Patent Office, while others see it as a catastrophe for start-up companies and small businesses. Here's Jay Kesan with this week's Legal Issues in the News.
Celebrities appear to be defamed every day, in supermarket check-out lanes across the country. In this week's Legal Issues in the News, Christine Hurt explains why defamation suits may be more trouble than they are worth.
Paternity suits are a fairly common fixture in American courts, usually filed by a woman seeking to get a man to pay his fair share of raising a child. But sometimes that equation is turned on its head in a very strange way, as when a man takes a woman and her child to court to get their money. The decision in one such case was handed down two weeks ago in Washington, D.C. Travis McDade explains in this week's Legal Issues in the News.
In this week's Legal Issues in the News, we look at a recent court ruling, discussing the procedures that music locker services must follow when dealing with pirated music stored in "the cloud"-which is music stored on remote servers, connected through the internet. Amazon, Apple and Google may be on cloud nine, while record companies are struggling to keep pace with these new technologies. Commentator Jay Kesan explains the court's decision.
Thanks largely to the proliferation of smartphones and their many functions, recording the audio of any event is now easier than ever. Just about everywhere else in the country, this isn't a problem. But in Illinois, the simple act of recording a conversation could get you in big trouble. Travis McDade tells us why in this week's Legal Issues in the news.
Ten years after the September 11 attacks, the legal system continues to address calls to compensate the victims. This week on Legal Issues in the News, Christine Hurt examines three efforts to redress the personal costs of terrorism.
Imagine you Google your company or your product and instead of links about your company, links to your arch rival find themselves at the top of your search result. American companies are increasingly encountering this scenario, and recent court decisions suggest that they may have no legal recourse in this situation. Jay Kesan explains in this week's Legal Issues in the News.
Lawsuits seem to follow tragedies as a natural consequence. This week in Legal Issues in the News, Christine Hurt analyzes how lawsuits relating to the Indiana State Fair tragedy may fare in the courts.